Did you know that Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) takes place each October? It’s a chance to educate citizens about how to stay safe and cyber aware while they work and live online. This year, Carleton is marking the occasion by launching its new Security Awareness Course, which is open to members of Carleton community now!

The course is divided into a series of modules that are short, digestible and, most importantly, informative. Topics include:

  • Phishing
  • Ransomware
  • Wi-Fi Security
  • Social Engineering
  • Risky USB devices
  • And much more!

As part of the campaign, all staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to log in to Brightspace to self-enrol for the course. Keep in mind that, after clicking the link above, you’ll need to log in with your MyCarletonOne (MC1) password before enrolling.

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Simulated Phishing Email Campaign

During the month, the Carleton community will also begin receiving safe and simulated phishing emails, automatically generated by our systems, to help faculty, staff and students better recognize what a phishing email might look like. These emails will be modelled after real-life emails that have arrived in Carleton email inboxes in the past. If a user clicks on a link in the email, they will be taken to an informational page outlining ways to stay safe from phishing attempts. This page will be hosted on a Carleton site and will encourage viewers to sign up for the security awareness courses mentioned above.

Importantly, participants, including those who click on links in the simulated phishing emails, are not being evaluated. This initiative is for informational and education purposes only, and those who click on simulated phishing links will only be encouraged to learn more about phishing.

Cyber security doesn’t end after October, so watch the ITS web site and @Carleton_IT on Twitter for information about new campaigns, tips and tricks as they become available.

If you have any questions, please contact ITS Security.

Thank you in advance for your participation!